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Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 19th March 2015.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 10:31 am, 19th March 2015

Whipps Cross is my local hospital. I have been a patient there and my family have been patients there, as have friends and neighbours. I join Mr Duncan Smith and my hon. Friend John Cryer in being horrified at what I am sure they would see as the Minister’s insulting response to this issue. She is playing politics with the hospital that serves our community. We all want to put on record our support for the patients and staff who spoke out and demanded that the CQC should come back to the hospital, despite the assurances from the management and the Government that all was well there. They were begging the CQC to return to look again at Whipps Cross, and when we read the report, we can see that they have been vindicated. The lead inspector has rightly expressed his concern that front-line staff will feel even more demoralised following the report, and that their welfare needs to be our priority. What assurances can the Minister give me that, rather than playing party politics, she will listen to the inspectors and heed that warning?